I mentioned before that Michael Medved was joining the Discovery Institute, and now Amanda comments:
I love the move, because it’s so transparent. The weak claims to be an institution dedicated to scientific research fall away; Medved is no scientist, just a dedicated culture war soldier. Which of course means that the Discovery Institute is less interested in discovery than in squelching any perceived threat to the cultural dominance of white Christians of a fundamentalist stripe. Medved no doubt was hired because of his willingness to lie, deceive, conceal, and distract from any realities that clash with his and the Discovery Institute’s culture war goals.
I agree — it’s an interesting indicator of the Discovery Institute’s future direction. Science is a dead-end for them, but appealing to the worst aspects of right-wing culture is a growth industry. It also lines up well with the direction taken in the Expelled movie: no honest content, but much rabid huffing and puffing. I will be looking forward to Medved’s review of that movie, although I suspect I could write it right now. With my eyes closed. In crayon. While drunk.
Amanda also points out something appalling: Michael Medved, slavery denialist.
He’s going to fit in so well at the DI.